The National Commission for the Promotion of Equality noted that migrants nowadays are more often than not stripped of their humanity in public discourse. The Commission appealed for more responsible interventions, particularly by public people, in the following year.
The Commission said in a statement that these discussions will also remain a priority in 2019, which is why these discussions need to be about people who have human rights and dignity, like every other person.
The NCPE said that there are situations where the presence of migrants in certain places is being considered a problem, which leads to minority groups being considered a threat due to skin colour or varying cultures. These phrases and others which public people are using are having a negative impact, and serve to continue to widen the social gap, aggravating social tensions, and providing obstacles on the road to inclusion.
The NCPE augurs that there is a reasoned debate on migration, with calm and rational discussion about the challenges in this sector which takes into consideration social, cultural and economic contributions of migrants in Malta.